OUR MISSION

Training recreational students, pre-professional dancers and teachers while fostering a love of dance.

Elaine Seidman, Artistic Director

Cecchetti Sylabus, Non-Sylabus Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet Lyrical Combo, Creative Movement

Elaine began her dance training in the area with The National Ballet, where she grew up dancing many full-length ballets as well as many original contemporary ballets. She majored in dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Drama from The Catholic University. After dancing professionally and teaching in New York City and the surrounding area, Elaine returned to the Washington/Baltimore area where she has been teaching locally for the past 20 years and is still dancing professionally.

As a Fellow Member of the CCA, Elaine holds the coveted Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and is able to present both teachers and students through all levels of the Cecchetti Method. She is a proud recipient of the Sylvia Hamer/Margaret Marsh Scholarship allowing her to study the method in England.

Elaine’s students have been accepted at some of the best dance universities in the world including NYU, SUNY Purchase, North Carolina School for the Arts, Julliard, the Laban Institute in London and the Kate Simmons College in Manchester England. Her students have been awarded college scholarships, the Tremaine Convention Performing Arts Scholarship and scholarships to attend international summer programs.

Also an award-winning choreographer, her ballet and contemporary/lyrical dances have been overall winners and have received best choreography and best overall technique awards.

Elaine teaches all levels and ages and enjoys sharing the love of ballet and the magic of the art with her students.

Diane Robertson, Business Director

Originally from Canada, Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  She moved to the United States with her husband and completed her Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  She is a partner at Elite Physical Therapy where she treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions.  Her love of the arts combined with her study of the science of movement brought her into partnership with Elaine Seidman at Turning Pointe Dance Academy.

Blair D'Amico, Faculty

Ballet, Cecchetti Syllabus, Ballet/Lyrical Combo, Ballet/Jazz Combo, Contemporary, Modern, Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe

Blair D’Amico started dancing at age 3, developing a serious interest in the dance world, she took up every opportunity to learn all she could, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and tap at various local dance studios. Finding a natural understanding of the Cecchetti method, she trained with Elaine Seidman, passing the Advanced syllabus exam. Appearing in countless productions of The Nutcracker and studio dance recitals with the National Ballet , Blair competed in regional dance competitions until graduating high school in 2007.

After attending the Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland, Michigan,Blair was invited to train at KS Dance Ltd., a professional vocational school in Greater Manchester, England directed by Kate Simmons. Continuing her training in the Cecchetti method, Blair honed her technique and developed as an artist. She toured and performed with the school’s company every year, working up through the ranks from corps to principal dancer. She was awarded the Best All Round Dancer Award at the Annual Choreography and Prize-Giving Ceremony, and received dancing and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti ballet and Spanish dance. She graduated from KS Dance Ltd with a Trinity College National Diploma in Professional Dance. Blair has danced roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle as well as Gamzatti Variation at Discover Ballet! with the Baltimore Ballet. She later joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia as an apprentice and was promoted to company member the following season. Her favorite roles have included The Evil Queen in Christopher Fleming’s Snow White, Too Big and Too Bold in Jenn Rose’s The Missing Piece, and Second Couple in Adrianna de Svatich’s Dyadic Dances. Since January 2016 she has been a part of the Polaris Dance Company in Portland, Oregon where she explored more modern based choreography and studied the Horton technique. Her favorite being a piece Robert Guitron's, Artistic Director, choreographed to Keb'mo's Every

Morning. 

Jen Kline, Faculty

Hip Hop

Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Jen began her training at the age of 6 and has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. She began her teaching career at the age of 14, teaching pre-ballet and early education combo classes. Since then, she has taught in all styles of dance, specializing in jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She attended Drexel University and was a member in the University Dance Company and Dance Team. After college, she was a member of FloMotion, an all female hip hop dance company in Philadelphia, who has appeared on stage with the iconic Electric Bugaloos at the Illadelph Festival. Additionally, she danced for the Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse Dance Team for 3 years. She has choreographed professionally, most notably, for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, as well as nationally ranked routines for Saint Joseph's University, and West Chester University. In addition to several top 5 UDA national collegiate rankings, her choreography has been recognized at various regional and national competitions such as Bravo, Nexstar, Starquest, and USTD. In 2014 her choreography was nominated for an Industry Dance Award. 

Maggie Lockhart, Faculty

Cecchetti Sylabus, Non-Sylabus Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet Lyrical Combo, Creative Movement, Dance With Me

Maggie is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator.  She has proudly passed Cecchetti exams through the Professional Advanced level as a dancer and holds the Cecchetti Professional Intermediate teaching certificate.  She currently dances with Sylvidances, a Washington, D.C. based dance company.

In addition to serving as Secretary on the Board of the Cecchetti Council Of America - East Coast Committee, she is also a recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship to study the method in Michigan. 

While on scholarship at Goucher College, Maggie received her BA in dance and elementary education, danced in the corps de ballet of The National Ballet, taught with Clancyworks Dance Company's out-reach program, studied contemporary dance at The Universidad Federal do Rio De Janeiro (Brasil), and wrote dance curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system.

 

After graduating from Goucher College, she relocated to New York City where she enjoyed a fruitful career as a dancer and teacher.  She happily taught for numerous NYC organizations including The School at Steps (children's division of Steps On Broadway), Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, The Hudson Guild and The Children's Aid Society. Off the stage she worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Steps On Broadway.

She performed/collaborated with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions, Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, and others.  She also served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City. 

Sydney Pearson, Faculty

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Sydney began dancing at the age of 3. She trained at various studios including the Washington School of Ballet where she continued to study Vaganova technique. During high school she began to study at Spotlight Studio of Dance where she performed in numerous dance competitions with a focus on jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Sydney continued her dance education at University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a BA in Dance. She most recently earned her Maryland State Teaching Certification in Dance Education for K-12 from Towson University.

Alina Sage, Faculty

Ballet, Pointe

Born and raised in Maryland, Alina Sage started her training with The National Ballet Company of Maryland, learning Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet, pointe, and Russian folk dance. She holds her Grade 5 Cecchetti syllabus (CCA) certificate as a dancer, and has performed in full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty. Alina earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, expanding her education beyond dance training to choreography and dance tech production. Alina is currently earning her Elementary certificate in Montessori Education, and enjoys teaching her love of dance and creative expression to all ages. 

Rose Seidman, Faculty

Contemporary, Lyrical

Rose Seidman is a recent graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. She has also had the privilege of studying at London Contemporary Dance School as well as Adelphi University where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A in dance. She has trained with members of Netherlands Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, And Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has performed on Good Morning America as well as with various companies such as The National Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and Central Maryland Youth Ballet. Rose has also received a total of eight regional titles from competitions across the nation.

Lea Valentine, Faculty

Stretch, Turns and Leaps, Tap

Born and raised in Maryland, Lea Valentine began her dance training at the age of 5. She competed around the country performing dance styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. In between competitions, Ms. Valentine worked with a dance agency called the Capitol Movement Project in Washington D.C. where she performed in different locations around the city. Ms. Valentine also attended classes at Alvin Ailey in the summer of 2011 and was chosen to perform a modern Horton style dance piece for the public. After being accepted into the University of Maryland in 2012, she joined UMD Dance Team. Ms. Valentine danced at basketball games, football games, and events throughout the campus. After her departure from the team in 2014, she started working as a choreographer at different studios in Maryland while obtaining her degree in Kinesiology. 

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